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Carroll's Kitchen is a nonprofit restaurant in the heart of downtown Raleigh providing job training to women leaving homelessness.
Carroll's Kitchen is a nonprofit restaurant in the heart of downtown Raleigh providing job training to women leaving homelessness.
Carroll's Kitchen is a nonprofit restaurant in the heart of downtown Raleigh providing job training to women leaving homelessness.
232 backers pledged $30,497 to help bring this project to life.

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Carroll's Kitchen is a nonprofit, social enterprise restaurant committed to providing job training for single women transitioning from homelessness. Through partnership with other local nonprofits, we will be able to provide housing and life skills in addition to the job training and employment for the women in our program.

We hope to open our doors in early September.

Located on the corner of S. Wilmington & E. Martin
Located on the corner of S. Wilmington & E. Martin

We're all about doing #good4raleigh, meaning that we not only want to empower women, but that we want to provide healthy, locally-sourced food and inspire the city to join us in making real, positive change in the community.

Raleigh Food Corridor visited to learn about our mission to end homelessness in Raleigh
Raleigh Food Corridor visited to learn about our mission to end homelessness in Raleigh

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

What makes us unique as a restaurant is that we’re more than just a meal. We’re dedicated to ending homelessness for women in our city. 

What makes us unique as a nonprofit is that we'll be self-sustaining through the revenue from the restaurant.

But we need some help to get there. 

With an initial upfront investment, we know we’ll be able to sustain our job training program and produce great food for the community for years to come. We need you to help us get the doors open and get off the ground in our first year.

Help us to fill the space with the equipment we need!
Help us to fill the space with the equipment we need!

WHERE YOUR DONATIONS WILL GO

We have a couple funders who will match our $30k goal if we get to the finish line. Here's a chance to double your money!

Donations Breakdown
Donations Breakdown

PICTURE THIS

  • A woman leaves prison and finds safety at a local shelter.
  • She's referred to Carroll's Kitchen and moves into a house with two other women and a mentor. 
  • She's trained in the restaurant, learning employable skills and gaining self-confidence. 
  • She learns life skills like time management and budgeting, and receives counseling from our partners. 
  • She graduates feeling empowered by having access to resources & opportunity to live like all things are possible. 
  • She starts her own bakery and employs other women from a local shelter. And the cycle continues!
Our vision for the program
Our vision for the program

 

We need your help to make Carroll's Kitchen a reality. Please donate, and share with all of your friends who want to be a part of positive community change here in Raleigh.

THE PEOPLE

Carroll's Kitchen Co-Founders, Vicky Ismail and Jim Freeze
Carroll's Kitchen Co-Founders, Vicky Ismail and Jim Freeze

Vicky Ismail and Jim Freeze are friends and co-founders of Carroll’s Kitchen. They met at church and shared a passion for living out their faith in tangible ways. They wanted to create a sustainable, community-based approach to addressing homelessness. After reading about a similar model in Charlotte called King’s Kitchen, along wth Vicky’s 35+ years of running restaurants, she pitched the idea of a restaurant-based job training program. With Jim’s background as a West Point graduate and combat veteran, he immediately jumped at the idea to translate some of his experiences leading teams in difficult circumstances and make Raleigh better for everyone.

When it comes to running a restaurant, between Vicky, our founder; Nina, our general manager; and Liz our chef, we have over 60 years of restaurant and food experience. 

See you in September!

Risks and challenges

We’ve made our plans and we have our permits from the city. We’re on our way to completing the construction and installing the equipment, but as with any construction project (particularly one in an 80+ year old building), we anticipate renovation issues as we bring the space up to current code. Health and safety are a priority, so we want to get them right.

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    THE TASTE TESTER

    A huge thank you from the Carroll's Kitchen team

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    THE FOODIE

    THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US!

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    • Carroll's Kitchen signature cookie
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    THE HOST(ESS)

    Thank you for our commitment to our work and mission.

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    • Carroll's Kitchen signature cookie
    • Your choice of a signature sandwich, soup, or salad
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    THE PREP COOK

    YOU ARE AWESOME! WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR YOU!

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    THE LINE COOK

    WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR JOINING US IN DOING #GOOD4RALEIGH!

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    • Carroll's Kitchen signature cookie
    • Private invite to our soft opening
    • Email newsletter shoutout
    • Combo Meal On Us: sandwhich/soup/salad + side + drink
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    THE PASTRY CHEF

    We can't do this without you!

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    • Social media shoutout & so much gratitude
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    • Combo Meal On Us: sandwhich/soup/salad + side + drink
    • Choice of Carroll's Kitchen T-Shirt or Lumina Clothing Apron
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    THE SOUS CHEF

    Together we can make a difference in Raleigh.

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    • Social media shoutout & so much gratitude
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    • Private invite to our soft opening
    • Email newsletter shoutout
    • Combo Meal On Us: sandwhich/soup/salad + side + drink
    • Choice of Carroll's Kitchen T-Shirt or Lumina Clothing Apron
    • We'll take you on a Behind the Scenes Tour of Carroll's Kitchen!
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    THE HEAD CHEF

    Become the ultimate Carroll's Kitchen champion!

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    • Social media shoutout & so much gratitude
    • Carroll's Kitchen signature cookie
    • Email newsletter shoutout
    • Combo Meal On Us: sandwhich/soup/salad + side + drink
    • Private invite to our soft opening
    • Choice of Carroll's Kitchen T-Shirt or Lumina Clothing Apron
    • We'll take you on a Behind the Scenes Tour of Carroll's Kitchen!
    • You'll be invited for a very special, honorary dinner!
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